Gun and a Motel Bible

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Man with a Gun? Meet Gideon's Bible...

Pete's got a gun, and he's ready to use it. He checks into his motel room... only to find Gideon, the chatty bible on the bedside table. Can Gideon sway Pete before Pete pulls the trigger?

Inspired by "Rocky Raccoon" by the Beatles and "Freud's Last Session" by Mark St. Germain

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Reviews

"Rocky Raccoon meets reality in this captivating two-man show, inspiring conversation for weeks afterwards!"

sweet - Matt Culhane


"I saw this play twice and I hope I get the chance to see it again! First thoughts.... what brilliant writing! The play has such a simple premise, but through that premise the characters take us on a complex journey of understanding what makes and justifies a moral code. At the beginning I was quick to choose my side between the characters, but just about halfway through... I couldn't pick a side anymore as I found myself rooting for both of them. And what beautiful performances! The chemistry between actors Bradley Gosnell and Daniel Floren really brought the story to life. Their genuine/honest performances were a rollercoaster ride. One moment I was laughing out loud and just a minute later my heart was breaking. The direction was fantastic and the energy throughout the play took the suspense that was set up in the premise even further. Seeing it a second time gave me a chance to appreciate it even more, catching small details I missed the first time around. I hope to have the chance to see Gun and a Motel Bible again, share it with some friends, and I look forward to what the collaborators of this show come up with next."

sweet - Ashton Avila


"Absolutely outstanding show! The writing is fresh and the topic relevant. The actors created an intimate space for a portrait of American life and the battle of right and wrong. I loved Gun and A Motel Bible. It was a must-see this year at the Fringe. Get out and see it now, if you haven't yet!!"

sweet - Xan


"An exceptional original work written and staged by the tandem of Daniel Flores and Bradley Gosnell. The two have put together a well-paced and thought-provoking meditation on religion (Christianity specifically) and its place in the modern world. Highly recommend."

sweet - Alex Crow


"What a treat! Witty, intelligent, and refreshingly original, without isolating the audience (a tough feat when one of the characters is a BOOK!) I was laughing out loud while wrestling with my own moral dilemmas as the characters' confronted theirs. These two talented actors bring you into some powerful and heavy debates that leave you teetering right on the edge of reason and insanity. Congrats to director, writers, and crew... it was my favorite fringe show this year!"

sweet - Ana Zimhart


"This short but engrossing play was impressive on so many levels. The quality of the script: profound ideas and thoughts presented with such clear articulation and passion; you never feel as though you're being preached to, or hit over the head with an opposing belief. The acting: these young men so embodied their characters, I really wanted them to continue their discussion; you could feel the energy and sincerity of their respective positions, as well as their disappointment, confusion and doubt. Don't miss this one!"

sweet - Judy Burris


"Honest, insightful, every word counts. All the more remarkable, the two men who wrote it deliver riveting performances. A true gem."

sweet - Bob Burris


"It's hard to imagine Gun and a Motel Bible would out perform my expectations after I read the rave reviews beforehand, but that it did, and then some. It is an intelligent, clever, provocative, and compelling drama whose whose script was only outmatched by its acting. While dramatic and emotional at times, it was not heavy-handed or overdone. It landed moments of brief levity with deftness, which did not undercut the significance of the plot, and the characters' (actors') ability to reach and challenge the viewer, regardless of their perspective on the subject matter, was masterful. As mentioned in a previous review, I struggle to remember an hour of my time so thoroughly engaged and inspired by a performance."

sweet - Nancy Kruger


"I was completely captivated the entire hour of this two-man show. The script was wonderfully creative and deeply moving, with an appropriate dose of humor. The acting and pacing was tremendous."

sweet - Cathy Nordlund


"A provocative, yet often humorous look at self directed versus biblical values in action. Well done guys!"

sweet - Andrew Eugene


"Great play and performance by 2 amazingly talented actors. They give a very balanced perspective on a much debated topic."

sweet - Lydia Lowe


"What a show! A broken man and a living breathing, personification of a Bible having a theological debate. Based off of a Beatles' song, this play deftly balances humor, tension, and tragedy due no less in part to two outstanding leads and expert direction from the director, Alicia LeBlanc."

sweet - Michael Conroy


"I loved this play. "Gun and a Motel Bible" was very well done and did a great job in many aspects of storytelling. It balanced content that could have come across unfavorably or hokey, but was instead extremely articulate and rational. The writers took an interesting idea of an encounter between a man at the end of his rope with the embodiment of the Bible. Instead of this being a preachy didactic morality play it became a intricate, layered exploration of human nature, brokenness, jaded resentment, and epistemology. The content was incredibly well thought out executed. It had tremendous ebbs and flows in the tensions of relationship that was infused with delightful banter and humor. I thought the actors were wonderful in humanizing their characters while contrasting them from each other with such distinctiveness. In spite of their differences they showed growing affection for one another while constantly trying to persuade and investigate deep questions. Overall, I left the theatre challenged and charmed. I highly recommend it."

sweet - Jesse Merrill


"Fantastic. Captivating. Beautiful and honest. We see this again and again! A new classic. A one act style piece that flows pretty much seemlessly. Poignant, funny, smart, and perfectly paced. Could see this Off Broadway in a heartbeat."

sweet - Virginia Tucker


"This show was phenomenal hands down. The uniqueness of the setting and the deep and spiritual issues talked about were fascinating as well as thought out, which was evident in the writing. The two actors performed amazingly and played very well of one another, neither taking away from the other only adding the story. It was both comical and serious but most importantly it was relatable and made me analyzing after the show had ended."

sweet - Zachary Francey


"Gun And A Motel Bible is a must see! Both actors did a great job and the writing was phenomenal. I really enjoyed the balance between funny and introspective that the show offers."

sweet - Kylie Gomez


"An intriguing concept smartly delivered. Basically a fractured man's debate with his forsaken faith, as the clock ticks down to a life changing act. The taut writing crackles with emotional intelligence and, given the concept, surprisingly organic comedy. Those with some scriptural familiarity will undoubtedly nod along with the inherent contradictions that are raised and debated, while those less scripturally inclined (like myself) need not worry. The play does all the work for you. It is not interested in delivering winners and losers, or even a faith-based message per se. It simply asks you to take the journey with these two characters who are impossible not to root for. Gosnell and Floren (who are also the playwrights) display razor sharp timing and, given how familiar they must be with the material, remarkably urgent, just-now deliveries. Floren's cheerfully overeager, Mormon-on-the-doorstep enthusiasm brings levity at first, then a forceful flaws-and-all testament of faith as the ultimate healer, then finally pleaful desperation as the proverbial clock is about to run out. As the man with a dark plan, Gosnell does the emotional heavy lifting with nuance and humanity, wisely resisting the urge to play things too wrought or twitchy. It's a performance that allows the audience to see the decent guy he must have been, punctuated by sudden outbursts of raw anger, betrayal, and self-reflective emotional reckoning. It all happens so seamlessly, it's easy to lose sight of the high wire act these actor / playwrights have pulled off. LaBlanc makes the most of a spare, one room set. No movement wasted. Nothing false or forced. Never too little or too much. Tech work is solid. At a brisk 50 minutes, this one act journey is the best hour I can recall spending away from the smart phone in a long time."

sweet - Bailey Walker


"Such a great show! The concept is completely original - refreshing. The writing and acting felt genuine. The two actors showed passion and restraint in perfectly timed story telling. The show has a bit of humor and some serious moments. I went with a group ranging in age from 23-53 and we are still talking about it. Go see this show!"

sweet - ann provart


"This show was exceptional. Incredibly well written, thoughtful, and extremely well performed. I loved the whole thing. I was completely enveloped in the philosophical discussions between the two actors and touched by the performance. I don't think I've ever seen such a well-balanced production centered around faith -- at times I sided with the Christian, and at other times the former Christian turned Atheist. 10/10 one of the best one-acts I've ever seen."

sweet - Susannah Corrington


"One of the most original and succinct one act plays that I've seen in years. A unique take on an issue that everyone can identify with one side or the other. Gosnell and Floren really shine as two halves of the same discussion. Rehearsed but never stiff, the two have a chemistry that just can't be faked. Definitely catch this while you can!"

sweet - Grant Moore


"Rocky Raccoon meets reality in this captivating two-man show, inspiring conversation for weeks afterwards!"

sweet - Matt Culhane


"I saw this play twice and I hope I get the chance to see it again! First thoughts.... what brilliant writing! The play has such a simple premise, but through that premise the characters take us on a complex journey of understanding what makes and justifies a moral code. At the beginning I was quick to choose my side between the characters, but just about halfway through... I couldn't pick a side anymore as I found myself rooting for both of them. And what beautiful performances! The chemistry between actors Bradley Gosnell and Daniel Floren really brought the story to life. Their genuine/honest performances were a rollercoaster ride. One moment I was laughing out loud and just a minute later my heart was breaking. The direction was fantastic and the energy throughout the play took the suspense that was set up in the premise even further. Seeing it a second time gave me a chance to appreciate it even more, catching small details I missed the first time around. I hope to have the chance to see Gun and a Motel Bible again, share it with some friends, and I look forward to what the collaborators of this show come up with next."

sweet - Ashton Avila


"Absolutely outstanding show! The writing is fresh and the topic relevant. The actors created an intimate space for a portrait of American life and the battle of right and wrong. I loved Gun and A Motel Bible. It was a must-see this year at the Fringe. Get out and see it now, if you haven't yet!!"

sweet - Xan


"An exceptional original work written and staged by the tandem of Daniel Flores and Bradley Gosnell. The two have put together a well-paced and thought-provoking meditation on religion (Christianity specifically) and its place in the modern world. Highly recommend."

sweet - Alex Crow


"What a treat! Witty, intelligent, and refreshingly original, without isolating the audience (a tough feat when one of the characters is a BOOK!) I was laughing out loud while wrestling with my own moral dilemmas as the characters' confronted theirs. These two talented actors bring you into some powerful and heavy debates that leave you teetering right on the edge of reason and insanity. Congrats to director, writers, and crew... it was my favorite fringe show this year!"

sweet - Ana Zimhart


"This short but engrossing play was impressive on so many levels. The quality of the script: profound ideas and thoughts presented with such clear articulation and passion; you never feel as though you're being preached to, or hit over the head with an opposing belief. The acting: these young men so embodied their characters, I really wanted them to continue their discussion; you could feel the energy and sincerity of their respective positions, as well as their disappointment, confusion and doubt. Don't miss this one!"

sweet - Judy Burris


"Honest, insightful, every word counts. All the more remarkable, the two men who wrote it deliver riveting performances. A true gem."

sweet - Bob Burris


"It's hard to imagine Gun and a Motel Bible would out perform my expectations after I read the rave reviews beforehand, but that it did, and then some. It is an intelligent, clever, provocative, and compelling drama whose whose script was only outmatched by its acting. While dramatic and emotional at times, it was not heavy-handed or overdone. It landed moments of brief levity with deftness, which did not undercut the significance of the plot, and the characters' (actors') ability to reach and challenge the viewer, regardless of their perspective on the subject matter, was masterful. As mentioned in a previous review, I struggle to remember an hour of my time so thoroughly engaged and inspired by a performance."

sweet - Nancy Kruger


"I was completely captivated the entire hour of this two-man show. The script was wonderfully creative and deeply moving, with an appropriate dose of humor. The acting and pacing was tremendous."

sweet - Cathy Nordlund


"A provocative, yet often humorous look at self directed versus biblical values in action. Well done guys!"

sweet - Andrew Eugene


"Great play and performance by 2 amazingly talented actors. They give a very balanced perspective on a much debated topic."

sweet - Lydia Lowe


"What a show! A broken man and a living breathing, personification of a Bible having a theological debate. Based off of a Beatles' song, this play deftly balances humor, tension, and tragedy due no less in part to two outstanding leads and expert direction from the director, Alicia LeBlanc."

sweet - Michael Conroy


"I loved this play. "Gun and a Motel Bible" was very well done and did a great job in many aspects of storytelling. It balanced content that could have come across unfavorably or hokey, but was instead extremely articulate and rational. The writers took an interesting idea of an encounter between a man at the end of his rope with the embodiment of the Bible. Instead of this being a preachy didactic morality play it became a intricate, layered exploration of human nature, brokenness, jaded resentment, and epistemology. The content was incredibly well thought out executed. It had tremendous ebbs and flows in the tensions of relationship that was infused with delightful banter and humor. I thought the actors were wonderful in humanizing their characters while contrasting them from each other with such distinctiveness. In spite of their differences they showed growing affection for one another while constantly trying to persuade and investigate deep questions. Overall, I left the theatre challenged and charmed. I highly recommend it."

sweet - Jesse Merrill


"Fantastic. Captivating. Beautiful and honest. We see this again and again! A new classic. A one act style piece that flows pretty much seemlessly. Poignant, funny, smart, and perfectly paced. Could see this Off Broadway in a heartbeat."

sweet - Virginia Tucker


"This show was phenomenal hands down. The uniqueness of the setting and the deep and spiritual issues talked about were fascinating as well as thought out, which was evident in the writing. The two actors performed amazingly and played very well of one another, neither taking away from the other only adding the story. It was both comical and serious but most importantly it was relatable and made me analyzing after the show had ended."

sweet - Zachary Francey


"Gun And A Motel Bible is a must see! Both actors did a great job and the writing was phenomenal. I really enjoyed the balance between funny and introspective that the show offers."

sweet - Kylie Gomez


"An intriguing concept smartly delivered. Basically a fractured man's debate with his forsaken faith, as the clock ticks down to a life changing act. The taut writing crackles with emotional intelligence and, given the concept, surprisingly organic comedy. Those with some scriptural familiarity will undoubtedly nod along with the inherent contradictions that are raised and debated, while those less scripturally inclined (like myself) need not worry. The play does all the work for you. It is not interested in delivering winners and losers, or even a faith-based message per se. It simply asks you to take the journey with these two characters who are impossible not to root for. Gosnell and Floren (who are also the playwrights) display razor sharp timing and, given how familiar they must be with the material, remarkably urgent, just-now deliveries. Floren's cheerfully overeager, Mormon-on-the-doorstep enthusiasm brings levity at first, then a forceful flaws-and-all testament of faith as the ultimate healer, then finally pleaful desperation as the proverbial clock is about to run out. As the man with a dark plan, Gosnell does the emotional heavy lifting with nuance and humanity, wisely resisting the urge to play things too wrought or twitchy. It's a performance that allows the audience to see the decent guy he must have been, punctuated by sudden outbursts of raw anger, betrayal, and self-reflective emotional reckoning. It all happens so seamlessly, it's easy to lose sight of the high wire act these actor / playwrights have pulled off. LaBlanc makes the most of a spare, one room set. No movement wasted. Nothing false or forced. Never too little or too much. Tech work is solid. At a brisk 50 minutes, this one act journey is the best hour I can recall spending away from the smart phone in a long time."

sweet - Bailey Walker


"Such a great show! The concept is completely original - refreshing. The writing and acting felt genuine. The two actors showed passion and restraint in perfectly timed story telling. The show has a bit of humor and some serious moments. I went with a group ranging in age from 23-53 and we are still talking about it. Go see this show!"

sweet - ann provart


"This show was exceptional. Incredibly well written, thoughtful, and extremely well performed. I loved the whole thing. I was completely enveloped in the philosophical discussions between the two actors and touched by the performance. I don't think I've ever seen such a well-balanced production centered around faith -- at times I sided with the Christian, and at other times the former Christian turned Atheist. 10/10 one of the best one-acts I've ever seen."

sweet - Susannah Corrington


"One of the most original and succinct one act plays that I've seen in years. A unique take on an issue that everyone can identify with one side or the other. Gosnell and Floren really shine as two halves of the same discussion. Rehearsed but never stiff, the two have a chemistry that just can't be faked. Definitely catch this while you can!"

sweet - Grant Moore